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When Youth Feel Unsafe: Brief Insights on the Cognitive and Academic Effects of Exposure to Violence

February 22, 2018

This Point of View brief from the Center for Promise provides research insights on a particularly timely topic - violence in America's schools - that is impacting young people in America. Learn more about this topic by reading this brief
Barriers to Success

March 30, 2017

While many young people in America continue to be bombarded by severe adversity, few receive the supports and resources they need to cope and succeed.
Youth, Relationships, and Career Readiness

March 01, 2017

Two new reports explore how relationships impact young people at work and in life
Turning Points: How Young People in Four Career Pathways Programs Describe the Relationships that Shape Their Lives

March 01, 2017

Turning Points builds on the programmatic insights from Relationships Come First by asking young people enrolled in career pathways programs in four cities – Café Momentum in Dallas; Per Scholas in the Bronx, Urban Alliance in Washington, DC, and Year Up in the Bay Area – to  describe how the relationships in their lives shape their development.
Defining Webs of Support: A New Framework to Advance Understanding of Relationships and Youth Development

March 01, 2017

In this brief, the authors present a web of support framework to describe how youth relate to adults and peers in their lives, and how these relationships provide the supports necessary for young people to thrive. This framework is composed of three key layers, each of which contributes to a young person’s development: relationships, resources, and networks/social capital.
Relationships Come First: How Four Career Development and Workforce Readiness Programs Prepare Young People for Work and Life

December 15, 2016

What role do relationships play in fostering workforce development and career readiness among ‘risk-immersed’ youth?
Barriers to Wellness

November 29, 2016

This report provides new insights into the obstacles to wellness young people of color face in five cities and brings young people’s voices and views into the discussion about what affects their health and wellness.
Blended Learning Offers Promise as a Strategy for Re-engaging Students

April 07, 2016

This paper presents a landscape analysis of how blended learning currently is being used as a strategy to serve young adults, age 16-24, who have re-engaged in education in an effort to obtain a high school diploma or equivalency. The analysis is based on a review of relevant empirical research and interviews with program developers, practitioners and policy makers in the field.  Contributing to a nascent body of literature, this report highlights examples of how blended learning is being implemented in schools and community-based organizations.
Adolescent Thriving: The Role of Sparks, Relationships, and Empowerment

December 18, 2015

Although most social science research on adolescence emphasizes risks and challenges, an emergent field of study focuses on adolescent thriving. This study extends this line of inquiry by examining the power of identifying and nurturing young people’s passions or interests (“sparks”), empowering them to make civic contributions (giving them “voice”), and providing the relationships and opportunities that reinforce and nourish thriving. 
Don't Forget the Families

November 25, 2015

In the midst of growing national interest in strengthening children’s “soft” or social-emotional skills as critical for learning, work, and life, a new study from Search Institute highlights the power of family relationships as a critical, but often neglected, factor in the development of character strengths in children.